Civilized society 2117, Part 11: Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa: Multicultural art changes attitudes

Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa, originally from Portugal, is now the Director of Caisa Cultural Center in Helsinki and carries the hope that, in the future, this type of centre will no longer be necessary.

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Danske Bank’s Akava team can help you make the most of your membership benefits

Danske Bank has its own Akava team to serve members of Akava affiliates, for example by answering questions about housing loan benefits and benefits for recent graduates. The team members are knowledgeable, skilled and enthusiastic to help you!

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The economic contribution of universities in Finland is 14,2 billion euros

The impact of Finnish universities on the Finnish economy has been evaluated. According to BiGGAR Economics, Finnish universities produce 14,2 billion gross added value for the Finnish economy, and their activities support around 136 000 jobs. This corresponds to 6,6 % of Finnish economic output, and 5,5 % of total employment in Finland. A euro invested in the Finnish universities produces, on average, 5,26 euros in return for the Finnish economy.

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What is Akava?

Akava is a trade union confederation of affiliates for highly educated people. Together, Akava’s 36 affiliates have unionized more than half a million employees and professionals. The members of Akava affiliates include employees, as well as students, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Akava members work in expert, teaching and managerial positions. Membership in Akava can be based on one’s field of study, degree or profession.

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Akava and its affiliates have developed the search engine Jäseneksi.fi  to help you figure out which Akava affiliate is most suitable for you.


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News from the Finnish labour market

18.04.2018 The Finnish Government wants to make fixed-term employment and dismissals easier

The trade unions have been vocal in their criticism of the Government decision to weaken employment security for those under 30 years of age or those working in companies with less than 20 employees.

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27.03.2018 An agreement finally in the financial services sector

A strike in the financial services sector was avoided at the eleventh hour. The parties reached an agreement on the new collective agreement on the evening before the first three days work stoppage in banks was due to begin.

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06.03.2018 Right-wing party wants to sideline Union unemployment funds

Most unemployment funds have traditionally been an integral part of trade unions in Finland. The first union to start an unemployment fund was the Book Printers' Union in 1895. Since the decree of 1917 the Union unemployment funds have been receiving financial support from the state.

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08.02.2018 Slow process of public sector collective bargaining leads to ban on overtime and shift swap

A large number of public sector collective agreements expired at the end of January. Negotiations are now ongoing and some forms of industrial action are already taking place.

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02.02.2018 Unions organise political strikes against the cuts in employment security

A number of leading trade unions have organised a political strike on Friday February 2 against the Government’s new legislation aimed at cutting unemployment security.

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